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Taylor Quoted on Backlash to Hiring Political Figures

Barrett Taylor

Barrett Taylor (PhD 2012) is quoted in The Chronicle of Higher Education article, "'Many people are seeing different facts': Carnegie Mellon official's emails on election spark outcry" (Jan. 11, 2021).

Senior reporter, Lindsay Ellis, points out that practice of hiring former lawmakers and government administrators into academic or affiliated positions is not uncommon, but that "hiring officials from the [Trump] administration might be "too controversial and too compromising."

Taylor supports this assessment, particularly at this "volatile" moment, commenting that such hires "could erode public confidence in colleges" rather than "help stabilize ... relationships [with powerful external institutions like foundations, corporations or government]."

He notes that the amount of misinformation officials have spread as well as officials’ stances on racial-justice issues could make these appointments "especially fraught."

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